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Antibodies test coming to Northern Nevada soon

• Reno Gazette Journal

There soon may be a way in northern Nevada to see if people previously had the coronavirus, according to the director of the Nevada State Health Laboratory, Mark Pandori.


Medical Students Volunteer To Support Health Care Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

• NPR Here & Now

In mid-March, many medical students were moved off their clinical rotations due to the coronavirus pandemic. But some are using their medical knowledge to volunteer with health care workers, taking nasal swabs at COVID-19 testing sites and answering phones at screening hotlines.


Nevada CAN Helping Seniors During Crisis

• Aging & Awesome

Aging and Awesome discuesses the COVID-19 Aging Network, or Nevada CAN, which is focused on maintaining the quality of life for the 454,221 homebound elders in Nevada.


COVID-19 hotline serves five rural Nevada counties

• Elko Daily Free Press

Despite the fears of spreading the virus, rural Nevadans are able to still receive one-on-one care and a possible diagnosis of COVID-19 thanks to a dedicated hotline initiated in Elko County that currently serves five counties.


Director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab talks rapid testing, lab preparedness and more

• The Nevada Independent

With the deployment of Point of Care Machines and an expansion of recent efforts to manufacture collection kits to use in testing for COVID-19, The Nevada Independent once again talked with the director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab, Dr. Mark Pandori, to learn where the state is with its various testing efforts.




Volunteer recruitment effort confronts state’s longstanding health professional shortage

• Nevada Current

“We’re trying to loosen some of the licensing requirements, expand reciprocity with other states — the big problem with all of those efforts is you see 49 other states doing the same thing,” said John Packham, associate dean for the Office of Statewide Initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.



New website will help older Nevadans deal with coronavirus

• Pahrump Valley Times

The Nevada CAN website, for Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network, is “focused on maintaining the quality of life for the 454,221 homebound elders in Nevada,” its homepage said. The state division worked with the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, Nevada Senior Services and Nevada 2-1-1 to develop the site and its offerings.


Aging and Disability Services Division Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network rapid response announced

• Lincoln County Record

Nevada’s Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) today announced it is launching a website to offer a single point of entry where elders and caregivers can request help in specific areas of need. The Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network (Nevada CAN) website will support Nevadans as they “Stay Home For Nevada” as directed by Governor Steve Sisolak to slow the spread of COVID-19. The site is available through Nevada 2-1-1 at https://www.nevada211.org/seniors-covid19-resources/


Nevada CAN! The Silver State Launches Aging Network Rapid Response Plan

• American Society on Aging

Nevada CAN is a collaborative effort that includes all the state’s aging service organizations, with leadership from Dena Schmidt, Administrator with the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division; Jeff Klein, CEO, Nevada Senior Services; Peter Reed, Director of the Sanford Center for Aging and a professor at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) School of Medicine; and Jennifer Carson, director, Dementia Engagement, Education and Research Program in the School of Community Health Sciences at UNR.




UNR Med students step up to help the community

• KOLO Channel 8 News

The campus up at UNR is pretty desolate. The same goes for the medical school where classes have been cancelled. But that doesn't mean students at the medical school aren't putting what they've learned to work. At a triage center, fourth year medical students are answering calls from those who have big concerns about the coronavirus and their potential exposure.


Q&A with the director of the State Public Health Lab on production of new test kits, private and public labs

• Carson Now

Mark Pandori is the director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab located at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has regularly been talking to The Nevada Independent about the novel coronavirus and the state’s testing efforts, and this week we talked to him once again as Nevada begins to create its own tests and collection kits as the national supply runs dry.


Mental health professionals help doctors on front line of coronavirus pandemic

• Reno Gazette Journal

Dr. Allison Cotton, an assistant professor in the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, worked with four other doctors across the country to help develop a platform for health care professionals to speak with volunteer psychiatrists.


Q&A with the director of the State Public Health Lab on production of new test kits, private and public labs

• The Nevada Independent

Mark Pandori is the director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab located at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has regularly been talking to The Nevada Independent about the novel coronavirus and the state’s testing efforts, and this week we talked to him once again as Nevada begins to create its own tests and collection kits as the national supply runs dry.


More Patients Turning To Telehealth, But Rural Communities Face Barriers

• KUNR

As the novel coronavirus threatens health care capacity in Nevada, more doctors are turning to telehealth to stem the spread of infection. While virtual visits are recommended, there are challenges to this type of care, especially in rural communities.


New website will help older Nevadans deal with coronavirus

• Las Vegas Review Journal

The Nevada CAN website, for Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network, is “focused on maintaining the quality of life for the 454,221 homebound elders in Nevada,” its homepage reads. The state division worked with the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, as well as Nevada Senior Services and Nevada 2-1-1 to develop the site and its offerings.

Elko Braces For Coronavirus

• KNPR

Shortages of providers, facilities, and equipment helped earn the state a D+ grade in Rural Health Quarterly’s most recent annual report card. Now some of the most remote communities in the nation are bracing for a pandemic for which they might not be prepared.


SNHD expected to receive more COVID-19 test kits

• KLAS 8 News Now Las Vegas

Nevada is one of several states chosen to fast track testing, meaning it can approve testing without the federal government. Last week, the I-Team interviewed Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab, who explained how this testing will help.


Nevada may be a coronavirus melting pot, scientist hypothesizes

• Nevada Current

normally, this sort of analysis would be useful for identifying things like point sources,” says Pandori. “But I’m presently hypothesizing that the virus arrived in the U.S. from multiple locations worldwide. Nevada, therefore, could be a miniature version of that. We’ll see.”


Coronavirus testing shortage in Nevada exacts public health, personal tolls

• Reno Gazette Journal

“If you go and look at the numbers, you are seeing more positives in recent days," said Dr. Mark Pandori, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. "We could very well be headed towards that steep curve." But who is sick and what that could mean to Nevada's medical system is a guess. “You need to make that transition at some point from strictly testing certain people to starting to look more broadly because this thing is going to spread from cryptic cases you haven’t identified," Pandori said.


Nevada’s COVID-19 cases projected to peak mid-April, 800 possible deaths by mid-May

• This is Reno

Nevada’s Covid-19 cases are projected to peak mid-April. The independent Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), part of the University of Washington, has state-by-state coronavirus projections that include the number of ventilators needed, ICU bed availability and projected deaths from COVID-19.